420 Years of combined Experience


Patricia Balmer


Years of Teaching Experience: 30 Years Professional Experience (25 Years Classroom Teaching / 10 Years Administrative)

Years at SMSA: 2

College(s) Attended: Medaile College SUNY Albany, SUNY Albany

Degrees: BS Elementary Ed, MS Literacy, AGC School Building Leadership

Certifications: Permanent El. Ed. N-6 Permanent Literacy K-12 Professional School Building Leadership

Previous Teaching Experience: St. Teresa School, Buffalo North Colonie School District, Niskayuna School District, Shenandoah School District, Hebrew Academy of the Capital District(Teacher and Principal), St. Augustine's (Principal), St. Mary's Institute (Interim Principal), Interim Diocese of Albany Prevention Services Coordinator

Bev Kerpka

Noah’s Ark Director

Years of Teaching Experience: 27

Years at SMSA: 25

College(s) Attended: SUNY Canton

Degrees: A.A.S in Early Childhood Education


Previous Teaching Experience: Lockport, New York

Amanda Phillips

Grade: Noah’s Ark

Years of Teaching Experience: 8

Years at SMSA: 1

College(s) Attended: SUNY Potsdam & Oneonta

Degrees: BA Childhood / Early Childhood Education & MSED Educational Technology Specialist

Certifications: Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd grade) and Childhood Education (1st - 6th grade)

Previous Teaching Experience: Washington County Head Start

Anne Casola

Grade: 2nd Grade

Years of Teaching Experience: 10

Years at SMSA: 6

College(s) Attended: Siena College College of St. Joseph's

Degrees: BBA in Accounting, MS Elementary Education & Literacy Certificate

Certifications: NYS Certified Teacher Birth - Grade 2 & Grade 1 - 6; Literacy Certification Birth - Grade 6

Previous Teaching Experience: Hudson Falls Kindergarten Center & Primary School; Glens Falls Elementary Schools

Bonnie Smith

Grade: Noah’s Ark

Years of Teaching Experience: 21

Years at SMSA: 4

College(s) Attended: Hunter College

Degrees: B.S. Medical Computer Science

Certifications: CDA - Early Childhood Development

Previous Teaching Experience: Sunset Nursery School, Westchester, NY